The Search for Libnos Ti Flora is back in this year’s program after organizers skipped this instant crowd drawer in 2016.
This year’s winner will be the successor to reigning queen Normie Alawin, who ended-up as first runner-up in the Dayag ti Apayao pageant during the Apayao Day celebration in Kabugao last February.
Contestants from nine clustered agencies/sectors must be female, single, 18-21 years old and other qualifications to be determined by the Committee on Libnos ti Flora 2017 headed by SB Member Aniceta Cacacho and Gladys L. Blas.
By tradition, the Search will be the finale program for the annual town fiesta to be held on the evening of June 22 at the festival’s main venue at Dr. Efren U. De San Jose Memorial Sports Center.
All 16 barangays must join the Carabao Contest with one male carabao entry. This is one of the main highlights of the Kabinnulig Festival since its inception in 2005. Non-participating barangay will be penalized P5,000.
Categories to be competed are healthiest carabao, racing and best in attire/costume.
A farmer from San Jose won the racing event last year while the healthiest carabao came from Bagutong.
SB Member Clapton R. De San Jose and Poblacion East Chairman and LnB Vice President and ex-officio SB Member Manny Biggayan are the heads of the committee on carabao contest scheduled on the morning of June 21 at the FNHS oval.
All four secondary schools of Flora will be competing anew in street dancing to be sponsored by clustered barangays.
Defending champion Mayor Ricardo De San Jose Comprehensive National High School (MRDCNHS) is sponsored by Sta. Maria, Balluyan, Malayugan and Mallig. Allig National Arts and Trade High School (ANATHS) will handled by Allig, Anninipan, San Jose and Malubibit Sur).
Poblacion East, Tamalunog, Malubibit Norte and Bagutong will take charge of Flora National High School (FNHS) while Poblacion West, Balasi, Atok and Upper Atok will carry St. Joseph’s High School (SJS).
The committee to handle the program for the street dance contest had been assigned to the DepEd. Each group should have 40 students.
Competitions will be held on the morning of June 22.
One of last year’s instant hit was the indigenous games, a brainchild of IPMR Richard De San Jose. Competitions include chopping of firewood, rice-milling, palo-sebo, tug-of-war, archery, cutting of lumber through a backing saw.
It is expected to draw big crowd again in its second year when folks from the different tribes of Flora compete on the afternoon of June 20 at the Municipal Hall grounds.
FLOAT & AGRO EXHIBIT
Two-time winner Barangay Balasi will try to keep the title for a third consecutive year in the Kabinnulig Float Contest, which will kick-off the town fiesta on the morning of June 20 with the floats from all 16 the assembly point at the public market, passing through the old market and municipal gymnasium to be stationed at the display point in front of the Municipal Hall, where judging will be done.
The Agro-Industrial Fair and Exhibit will be opened after the float parade and will continue up to the final day of festival. The committee heads for this activity are SB Member David Tabbaban Jr. and Engr. Jean Agustin.
A Food Fair will be held after the float parade in a display of abundance, goodwill and generosity. This will be opened to the public and for FREE during lunch time when honored guests, visitors, organizers and the public will partake the food prepared by the Committee on Food Preparation headed by SB Member Jessie Pascua and Food Server Committee headed by Miralyn Cascayan.
MODERN DANCE CONTEST
The different barangays will also compete in modern dance for women after the Welcome Ball on the evening of June 20 at the gymnasium.
Each barangay will have a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 participants. Non-participating barangay will be penalized P10,000.
Elementary pupils will be competing in ballroom dancing on the evening of June 21. DepEd is tasked to coordinate this activity.
Volunteers from the health sector will be conducting again medical and dental activities for the public free on June 21 at Flora Training Center.
In sports, a fun cycling will be held on the morning of June 21with the starting line at Malekkeg (via Sta. Marcela) to the finish line in front of the Flora Municipal Hall along Sampaguita St.
Regular sports events including basketball and volleyball will start weeks before the actual town fiesta.
Championships games will be held in the afternoon of June 20 for the volleyball and June 21 for basketball.
Poblacion West took all three titles in men’s basketball, women and men’s volleyball last year.
An acrobatic show is also included in the proposed activities. The organizing Municipal Development Council chaired by the Local Chief Executive held a pre-planning during a joint-executive-legislative meeting and the MDC finalized the program on May 5.
The theme for this year’s town fiesta is still being readied with DepEd assigned for this.
The deadline of submission of budget proposals from each committee was last May 10 but the total amount for the conduct of this year’s town fiesta has not yet been determined. The list of the heads of the various steering committees chaired by Vice Mayor Jessica L. De San Jose is on page 4. KN
A consistent honor student, Ellen Jane finished elementary at Flora Central School in 2002 and secondary at FNHS in 2006.
While in college, she was a member of the dean’s list and finished her course in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the Cagayan State University in Tuguegarao City in 2011 and passed the board exam in 2012.
As a Certified Public Accountant, she started from the bottom of government service when she was employed with a Job Order status in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cagayan Valley regional office in Tuguegarao City.
Her perseverance paid-off when opportunity came after she was hired by the Commission on Audit (COA) Region II as a regular employee with the position of State Auditor I. She still works there. She had to manage time and effort while working at COA and at the same time attending classes thus in 2016 she finished Bachelor of Laws at the University of Cagayan Valley (UCV).
Immediately in her first take, she passed the November 2016 bar exams and one of 3,747 successful candidates who took their oath on May 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ellen Jane, who turned 27 last January, is the second and youngest daughter of SPO4 Eulogio Cristobal Tabuena of Poblacion West Flora, Apayao who is with the Philippine National Police and Mrs. Delia Bauat Tabuena, a native of Brgy. Dumpao, Iguig, Cagayan who is Clerk III at the office of the Sangguniang Bayan of Flora.
Ellen Jane’s elder sister Edelyn is also a graduate of FCS and FNHS and currently teaching high school at the Aparri School of Arts and Trade.
The new lady lawyer is married to Apolinario Guillermo Jr. of Curva, Pamplona, Cagayan, also a Certified Public Accountant and works at COA. Their first baby will be coming out soon as she was six-month old pregnant. KN
Another native of Poblacion West makes Flora proud after Racquel Abretan Luban placed 10th in the recent Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET) Secondary Level given on March 2017.
A proud Isnag, Luban was among seven other passers with a rating of 90.20 percent including a fellow graduate from St. Louis University in Baguio City, Melanie Locano Baniwas.
Racquel graduated valedictorian at the Flora Central School (FCS) in 1999, salutatorian at the Flora National High School (FNHS) in 2003 and she was a consistent member of the dean’s list. She was a scholar of the Province of Apayao while taking-up Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at SLU-Baguio, where she graduated in 2008.
Racquel took her Masters Degree, Major in Hospital Pharmacy and graduated Cum Laude in 2014 then she took units in B.S. Education majoring in Biological Science and took the LET in March 2017.
Raquel is the daughter of Eustaquia Awisi Abretan Luban and Emilio Colet Luban.
She is the youngest sister of Sonia Luban Madolora, a non-uniformed police staff at the Flora Municipal Police Station. KN